Four sources for personal and spiritual nourishment

The other day I had an insight about four essential sources for my own spiritual nourishment. I described this to a friend last night, using a cross as the visual metaphor to tie these elements together.At the foundation of my spirituality is, of course, the tradition in which I am immersed: the wisdom teachings of two thousand years of mystics and contemplatives, united in our common devotion to the life and passion of Jesus of Nazareth. In the diagram I call this "theology and mysticism" … [Read more...]

The Big Book of Christian Mysticism — available for pre-order!

I'm thrilled to announce that my forthcoming book, The Big Book of Christian Mysticism: The Essential Guide to Contemplative Spirituality, is now available for pre-order from book won't be published until August 2010 — but why wait? Place your pre-order now by clicking here.And while I cannot say for sure that this is the final cover design — publishers will often change a book's cover, sometimes at the last minute — I can say that I hope this is what the cover will look like … [Read more...]

Quote for the Day

God loves without limit and this puts a loving person most securely at peace. — Blessed John Ruusbroec, The Spiritual Espousals … [Read more...]

Quote for the Day

Charity keeps a person constantly facing the fathomless goodness of God from which charity flows forth, in order that the person might live honorably for God and persevere and grow in all the virtues and in genuine humility. Righteousness keeps a person facing the eternal truth of God, in order that he might be open to the truth and become enlightened and fulfill all the virtues without going astray. Humility keeps a person facing the great majesty of God, in order that he might remain small and … [Read more...]

A Few Random Thoughts

When Jesus spoke of how God sends the sun and the rain to the just and unjust alike (Matthew 5:45), he spoke of how God's love is shared universally among all people. All people. What does this mean for mysticism? Here's a few random thoughts: each and every one of us, at all times, in all places, is fully immersed in the luminous, radiant, dazzling love of God. This means that each and every one of us has immediate access to all the love and bliss we could ever hope for. Naturally, for many of … [Read more...]

What I’m reading right now…

I always enjoy finding out what people are reading. So I thought I'd share with the world what's on my nightstand right now. It's actually an uncharacteristically short stack of books. When I'm in hardcore writing mode, I might have 30 or more books going at a time, but my current list is only a fraction of that. Here goes (in no particular order):Chasing Francis: A Pilgrim's Tale by Ian Morgan Cron Monastic Practices by Charles Cummings, OCSO Thomas Merton: Essential Writings selected with … [Read more...]

Hidden in Plain Sight

I received an email this morning from a Catholic who is interested in finding something deeper in faith, and has begun to explore a variety of topics, including Gnosticism and Edgar Cayce. This person wonders if the Vatican might have some secret information hidden away that could truly revolutionize what it means to be a Christian. Here is my reply:There are many similarities in our journeys... I first became interested in Catholicism in 1979 and for a variety of reasons never formally … [Read more...]